You hear people talking about getting shingles all the time and how when your children have chicken pox you have to be careful of the elderly as they can develop shingles. After having several cases of chicken pox when I was younger, not once did I think that I would end up with shingles!
I have never experienced pain like this before (of course, I’m excluding labour because that doesn’t count). It first started as 3 spots on my belly, I woke one morning and they were there. I assumed they were bites from some insect, as I always seem to be the one that gets bitten, and thought nothing else of it. I woke up the next morning with a few more, so I ended up searching Google for pictures of bed bug bites as I was adamant that that was what we were dealing with. Then the pain started. It was an excruciating pain, it started on my side just under my ribs and wrapped around my back. Sort of like contractions.
I was sitting playing with the children when it felt like I had been stabbed with a needle a few times in my side. I ran to the bathroom and sure enough there a group of spots on my side. I was sure that it was something biting me, so I changed my top and noticed that the original area of spots was red and painful to touch. I did another Google search and everything pointed in the direction of shingles. Now I was panicking.
I booked in at the doctors the next day and it was confirmed. I had shingles. Fab! I was also prescribed a painkiller as paracetamol and ibuprofen just were not helping.
I’ve got it under control now and the spots are all drying up and going crusty, they are so painful when touched so I have to be really careful when around the children. The painkiller I was prescribed has finally started working and has taken away the pain I was experiencing. My doctor told me that there is no specific time frame for it to last, but that the pain could stay for longer than I would like it to. I’ve read stories of it lasting for years on some. Chronic pain, no thanks!
Now, Keira has chicken pox. Again! I doubt very much that she’s caught it from my shingles as neither Joshua and Zara have any signs of the virus, but it is going around her nursery as a few children have been off with it. So I assume that’s where she has caught it from.
Given that Keira is the ultimate drama queen, you can only imagine how bad it has been for her. Every second of the day she is telling me that her chicken pox hurt. She’ll say “owww my chicken pox”. The first night was a disaster, she woke up several times during the night because of them. I had given her infant paracetamol, piriton for the itchiness and used Virasoothe to also help with the itchiness. But none of it was enough for Keira.
I am just hoping and praying that Joshua and Zara don’t get it. It’s the last thing I need.